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British Railway Modelling, Loco Builder Box review article; “...thoroughly recommend this product. ...any mechanisms made using this jig will be sweet”. Tony Wright
Judith Edge Kits; I've tried out this now with two sets of frames, it's perfect for our kits. I find that many industrial 0-6-0s won't fit in your 6 coupled box but they do fit in the 8 coupled which is why I got one as well as the 6. I use your box for setting up nearly all the 3 and 4mm locos I build and the odd 7mm one if they have 1/8th axles. I'm still very impressed with the simplicity of it and we recommend to everyone. Michael Edge.
Nick Dunhill; -- [If you are considering a compensated chassis this is a great approach to use - Poppy]
My first thought when I saw your loco box was that it was a device for setting the axlebox spacings and not your intended purpose, I was more surprised when you talked [on the Gauge 0 Guild virtual show] about the real purpose and thought it was indeed a great invention.
I always make my coupling rods first and use them as a jig for installing the axleboxes. I use your dummy axles and add expansion springs that go over the axle between the frames and push the bearings against the frame to allow positioning and soldering.
The problem with this is getting the axleboxes level with each other and the chassis, and your box allows easy lining up of the axles. If you're using all hornblocks and guides their ride height isn't important at this stage, as long as they're all the same. But you can see that in my YouTube video I used one rigid bearing, so the hornblocks have to be at the same height. I just eyeball it, as as long as it's very close it's good enough at this stage.
Using your box I'd line the chassis edge up with the top edge of the box. I've just assembled a Z Class chassis axleboxes using your box. It was a massive help. You can watch Nick using our Loco Builder Box on his YouTube video.
"Since purchasing this magnificent tool, I have built 3 perfect chassis. I wish I had bought it years ago. So easy to build and use. Steve, Scotland
“[The loco kit] was a real challenge to get all axles in line and rigid. The kit went back in the box while I was very frustrated about it. With the builders box it was done in less than five minutes and now the loco rolls very easily. Now I'm really looking forward to complete it and see it running.” Thomas, Germany
"I have now used my loco box to construct 2 different loco chassis , 1 a brand kit , which in the past I have struggled to get square . Both have turned very well & are excellent runners . I can only say that I wish I had the loco box when I first started kit building many years ago ; I would recommend it to anyone whether experienced or not. Ray, York
“thank you for supplying the loco builder box. I've now used it, and it made my first attempt at a compensated chassis in P4 extremely straightforward. I particularly liked the way it was possible to assemble the chassis in the jig with the motor in place, and the plonk the body on to check for clearances” Peter, Nottingham
"I received the Loco builder box this morning. Your product exceeded my expectations. I work in P4 and sometimes struggle to make an acceptable Chassis ( must crawl along without any tight spots).I now look forward to my next 2 chassis and one rebuild! The axles are also superb and better than a set of short ones I made on my friends lathe! Paul, Northampton
"11:12 a.m. The box arrived this morning and is already glued and lightly clamped... 22:30p.m. I have just finished the first chassis I've made with Poppy's 8 Coupled Loco Builder Box. The best chassis I've ever made just ran beautifully straight from the "Box" as it were." Duncan, West Midlands